Industrialization as the Catalyst for the Digital World

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Industrialization as the Catalyst for the Digital World The modern digital world, while bearing strong influences from Victorian and Modernist thought, ultimately originates from neither, but is rather a product of advancing technology. Although the diagrammatic ideas of information organization that surfaced in the Victorian age have served, along with Modernist imagery, to lend a definite structure to the digital world, these ideas were not the catalysts for new developments in technology. It was rather the rapid industrialization in Europe and, to a lesser extent, elsewhere in the world, that led to the sciences gaining value as potential tools for production, which sciences in turn were shaped by the Victorian and Modernist ideas that were prevalent during the Industrial Revolution. At the risk of taking a Marxist viewpoint, the digital world of today is more a product of the desire for improved productivity that existed during the Victorian age than a product of any supposedly revolutionary ideas that were brought forth during that time period. In order to determine the most proximate cause of the digital world that cannot be definitively traced back to a prior cause, to determine what most directly produced the digital world, it is necessary to determine what factor was most essential to its engenderment. One entity cannot be said to be the product of another in a historical framework if it is conceivable that the product could have been brought forth successfully without the ostensible source. In attempting to find that which produced the modern digital world, the search must have its focus in simple cause and effect. In the absence of a clear causality between the digital world and its supposed source, it is possib... ... middle of paper ... ... contributed heavily to the form and structure of the modern digital world, they themselves did not produce the digital world as a whole. Utilizing the same tests, it has been shown that the rapid advancement of technology is the phenomenon that produced the digital world. This rapid advancement of technology resulted initially from the Industrial Revolution, with later support from the military and economic conflicts of World War II and the Cold War. Ultimately, although Victorian and Modernist thought contributed largely to the way in which the digital world is presented, the digital world is the product of rapid scientific advancement resulting from an economic stimulus to improve productivity as allowed and encouraged by industrialization as it existed in the Industrial Revolution, and by the threat of annihilation as it existed in World War II and the Cold War.

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